Fighting Your Drug Charges In State Or Federal Court

Because the war on drugs is fought on many fronts, drug cases are heard in either state court or federal court. The details of a given case typically determine which venue has jurisdiction. But there are many drug cases that could go either way.

When we encounter these types of cases, one of our first priorities is to determine which would be the most advantageous venue for our client. Although federal court is sometimes unavoidable, state court is often preferred.

The attorneys at the San Francisco Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief have decades of experience in both state and federal drug courts. We help clients charged with a wide array of drug-related charges, including:

  • Simple drug possession
  • Drug possession with intent to sell
  • Possession of marijuana in violation of California's medical marijuana restrictions
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug manufacturing or cultivation

Helping You Find The Best Resolutions Available Under California Law

If your drug case will be under state court jurisdiction, you may be able to take advantage of diversion programs and alternative sentencing statutes. Rather than incarceration, you could qualify for probation and participation in drug treatment programs. Because drug offenses are so often tied to addiction, treatment tends to be far more valuable and effective than jail time.

That being said, approval for diversion and treatment programs is not automatic. Your eligibility will depend on a number of factors, including the specific charges you are facing and whether you have recent prior offenses on your record. Our lawyers have extensive experience in seeking alternative sentencing for clients facing misdemeanor and felony narcotics offenses.

Time Is Not On Your Side, But We Are

Too many defendants wait to call an attorney until charges have already been filed. Please don't make this mistake. If contacted right away, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief may be able to negotiate the specific charges filed to keep you eligible for sentencing alternatives and diversion programs like those mentioned above.

Our attorneys offer free consultations, including a straightforward assessment of your case and your options. The longer you wait, however, the fewer options you may have. Contact the Law Offices of Hanlon & Rief today at 415-906-3423.